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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your minds and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer in different areas. Choosing an institution because you live in that state or is close to home is not for growth and spreading your people base (network). When you go to a state school, the majority of these people come from the that state or even from your same school district. When you leave the state or region you are in different pool of people and learn different things and meet people from different parts of the country and even different parts of the world. Public versus a Private Institution is another consideration. Public or State Schools (financed by the state) are much cheaper than Private Schools. Even the out of state tuition at Public Schools are cheaper than most Private Schools. Private schools have their benefits too. These institutions have a very close connection to their students. These institution have a strong alumni base. They have close ties to other universities for graduate and professional schools once your student graduates from one of these institutions. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. Private institutions also have different pool of people than state schools. They each have their advantages. No matter what you decide, we are telling you, go to college.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!


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Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University started as the State Normal School for the Colored Race. Hugh Cales of Pasquotank County, an African American and a State Representative sponsored a bill in the legislature, State House Bill 383, establishing a Normal School for Teachers of the Colored Race to teach in Normal Schools in North Carolina. On March 3, 1891 the bill was passed and Elizabeth City State University came into existence.

Peter W. Moore a graduate of Shaw University, Class of 1881, was appointed as the Principal on the recommendation of Major S. M. Fingers, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The general assembly awarded the school 900 dollars. No financial support from the State to purchase land, building or books. Mr. Moore and his assistant obtain the right to purchase a building called Rooke Turner Building on Body Road Street. On January 4, 1892 the State Normal School at Elizabeth City open with 23 students. Dr. Moore served as the Principal from 1881 to July1, 1928. The school had transformed from 23 students to 355. From 2 faculty members to 15 by the time Dr. Moore retired.

The second President, John H. Bias, the school changed from a two year institution to a four year institution in 1937. The school officially changed it name to Elizabeth City State Teachers College on March 3, 1939. The first Science of Bachelors Degree was awarded in May of 1939. The school enrollment increased and from 1959 to 1963 the number of majors increased from one to 12 academic majors. The school was admitted and accredited into the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS) in December of 1961. In 1963, the college's name was changed by the State Legislature from the Elizabeth City State Teachers College to Elizabeth City State College. On July 1, 1969 the college became a university and the name changed to Elizabeth City State University. Then in 1971, the institution with 16 other public institutions came under the University North Carolina System. Today, Elizabeth City State University has 37 Baccalaureate Degrees and Masters Degrees and one Doctorate Degree in Pharmacy in collaboration with Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC at Chapel-Hill.

Elizabeth City State University is in the nation's top rankings as one of the best schools in the South by the 2012 US News and the World Report 2013 Edition of the Best Colleges Rankings. It was also ranked #1 in the Washington Monthly in it's 2012 College Rankings. This institution is a must see university with it new buildings and growing curriculum (new Pharmacy building in 2010, Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Education and Psychology Building in December of 2011). Schedule a tour and see this University.

Academia:                                                                                                                                Athletics:
School of Arts and Humanities                                                                                   Men Sports          Women Sports
School of Business and Economics                                                                              Baseball                Softball
School od Education and Psychology                                                                          Basketball            Basketball
School of Mathematics, Science and Technology                                                         Cross Country      Cross Country
Department of General Studies                                                                                  Football                Volleyball
                                                                                                                                 Golf                       Tennis


Elizabeth City State University
1704 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
P: 252.335.3400

Link to Elizabeth City State University Home Page:
ECSU Home Page

ECSU Admission's Page Link Below:
ECSU Admissions Page


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